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‘A pioneer:’ Funeral held for Aura Herzog, wife of a president and mother of another

President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal attend the funeral of his mother Aura Herzog at Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, January 12, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal attend the funeral of his mother Aura Herzog at Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, January 12, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Aura Herzog, the mother of President Isaac Herzog, is buried at Mount Herzl national cemetery alongside the grave of her late husband Chaim Herzog, Israel’s sixth president.

“Mother, you had three great loves in your life. First of all, your love of our father and the family. You were his source of strength and his partner on his extraordinary life journey,” the president says during the eulogy.

“Your second love was the State of Israel,” Herzog continues, hailing his mother as “a pioneer.”

“For you, the state was above all else; hence your wonderful suitability — yours and father’s — for all your roles, because your mission, your shared mission, for our nation and our state, was above all else.”

He says his mother’s other great love was “good taste, aesthetics, warm and high-quality hospitality, cordially welcoming guests, and understanding the big wide world.”

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